I started nursing in 1987 at the Swindon and Bath school of nursing and to this day my family are amazed I managed the early mornings and the discipline! I qualified as a Nurse in 1990 and worked initially in intensive care and recovery, and was camp nurse for a summer camp in America for children with special needs.
After time in both Taunton and Ipswich hospital I transferred to community nursing as a staff nurse and then completed my District Nursing degree with University of Suffolk (when it was UCS) in 2001. I became a District Nursing Sister and Community Healthcare Manager. I managed a multi-disciplinary team including nurses and therapists. During my time within community services, I also had roles as a modern matron running a community hospital, led the discharge planning team within Ipswich hospital, was a Practice Educator and undertook the educational lead for the trust.
In 2009 I took an eighteen-month sabbatical and worked with VSO managing the nursing department of a hospital in Uganda and undertaking research in Africa. Helping to run a hospital in Uganda and undertaking research in Africa was the highlight of my career so far - I will go back there.
This period fuelled an interest in Public Health and in 2015 I left community services to undertake a master's degree in International Public Health, graduating in 2016. Once back in Suffolk I returned to clinical practice with short term contracts working in A&E as a discharge planning Sister, managing a nursing home and District Nursing.
I joined the University of Suffolk as a lecturer in 2018. I completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) in 2020 and now work within both the BSc Nursing Apprentice team and the Foundation Degree apprentice team. I have a passion for nurse education and believes nurses have a vital role to improve global health. During the current Covid-19 pandemic I am working as a vaccinator , as well as my normal job.
I have LOVED my chosen career and believe nurses are the key to improved global health. I have been alongside people at their best and their worst and the journey has been an amazing privilege. Being a lecturer in nursing means helping shape the next generation of heroes and right now I burst with pride at the contribution my wonderful students are making on the frontline. I feel not only proud to be a nurse but extremely lucky. Thank you to the University of Suffolk for helping me along the way.
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